Marc Thiessen: Why North Korea will be watching what Trump does in Syria

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  • Bro. Bob Melbourne, FL
    April 20, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    As a Viet Nam theater veteran, I saw what happened when battle lines were drawn that undermined the war effort. You probably are too young to know that the "Rules of Engagement" enforced by the Commander in Chief, President Johnson, put boundaries on the American fighting forces that weakened the military to the point of being just a defensive force and killed the aggression of battle. It was the primary reason we lost the "conflict." President Trump is doing just the opposite and the outcome, if he still takes military action as with Syria will ensure that hostile nations will know that America will not tolerate and will take military action to any nation that threatens America or its allies.

    I firmly believe that President Trump is taking the correct action (s) to keep the evil nations in line and secure peace in the world until our Savior comes again.

    I am an LDS member and some would think I am a war monger. Not so. I relish the peace and detest war, but as I read the scriptures, especially the Bible (old testament) I see that God has a hand in securing the outcome of defending the peacekeepers. Thanks for reading, Bro. Bob Stephens

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 7:37 a.m.

    The article makes some good points; however, some caution is indicated, because we do not want to be mired in Syria, nor do we want the wrong people to gain power. Not that Assad and his coterie are the 'right' people; they are not. Now is the time to find who the right people are; and if Assad gambles a third time, then "three strikes and you're out" should apply, using greater force more widely upon Assad's military assets as advocated in this article, while coordinating with the 'right' people. Caveat: Not going to be easy.

  • 2 bit Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 17, 2018 3:33 p.m.

    Maverick 12:25
    You could have asked every question you asked in your comment to Obama when he was President. Every one of them. But you didn't. Did you?

    And what exactly has Obama showed? He'll launch a few missiles

    Are we actually helping Syria with anything? Are helping the Syrian people? What's the plan?

    All Obama did was show that he can order someone to do stuff for one night.

    Where is Obama's Plan for Syria?

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    Huh? Syria still has chemical weapons capabilities.
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    What do you want... carpet bombing Damascus?

    "It also shows that it's not as easy as Russia tells them to stop our cruise missiles."

    Depends on how many they shot down, right?

    How many did they shoot down? Do you know?

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    April 17, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    And what exactly has Trump showed? He'll launch a few missiles into a country in order to take the focus off his endless scandals.

    Are we actually helping Syria with anything? Are helping the Syrian people? What's the plan?

    All Trump did was show that he can order someone to do stuff for one night.

    What our dear "Stable Genius'" plan???

    "It also shows we can show restraint and carry out a proportional response, and target the facilities they need to continue their chemical weapons program in Syria."

    Huh? Syria still has chemical weapons capabilities.

    "It also shows that it's not as easy as Russia tells them to stop our cruise missiles."

    Depends on how many they shot down, right?

    "Maybe Iran can learn from it too?"

    Huh? What has Iran done? They've kept their end of the bargain. Trump? Isn't he looking to end the deal with Iran despite them fulfilling their part?

    Some of you need to stop mindlessly drinking the Hannity kool-aid. He clearly doesn't tell the truth, just like how he never mentioned being Cohen's client. What else do you think Hannity is lying about? Syria perhaps???

    Critical thinking is needed!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 16, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    I think it would be a good if North Korea is watching what Trump did in Syria. I hope they can learn from watching what happens in other conflict situations.

    This would show them that when we say we are going to do something... we do it (unlike the Red-Line bluff).

    It also shows we can show restraint and carry out a proportional response, and target the facilities they need to continue their chemical weapons program in Syria.

    It also shows we have the patience and influence to gather a coalition of nations that won't tolerate a dictator killing innocent people (as Assad was doing). Likewise we won't tolerate NK threatening to Nuke civilian populations in our country, or our allies. We will stand with our allies (like Japan and South Korea, which NK has also threatened).

    We will work with international coalitions to protect their population from his attacks, even if his missiles can't reach the USA.

    It also shows that it's not as easy as Russia tells them to stop our cruise missiles.

    I think he can learn a lot of lessons from observing what Trump does in Syria. Maybe Iran can learn from it too?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 16, 2018 8:35 a.m.

    It's hard to imagine how the DPRK isn't going to be reluctant to give up any of its' nuclear programme in negotiations now. I hope they do, but it seems unlikely.

  • countryvoice3 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2018 7:53 a.m.

    And the war hawks on in full flight again, sans any acknowledgement of the consequences of their proposals, that will show them.

    The neat little scenario Mr. Thiessen lays out for controlling North Korea is once again void of any reality..the same approach we took in Iraq and Afghanistan..oh wait it's the same people proposing the same thing..what could possibly go wrong.